Climate Tech and Energy Technologies Pitch Competition for Women and Startup Founders of Color

Published on February 3, 2022

Virtual Pitch Competition for Women and Founders of Color awards a total of $8,500 in Non-Dilutive Cash Prizes to Climate Tech & Energy Tech Startups

The mHUB EnergyTech Startup Pitch Competition showcases cutting-edge hardtech startups specializing in climate and energy technologies. This pitch competition, taking place virtually on Thursday, March 10th, 2022, is designed to support under-represented female founders and entrepreneurs of color.

Startups focused on innovative climate tech and energy technologies can apply to pitch virtually to a group of esteemed judges for cash awards totaling $8,500 and connections to industry decision-makers and investors interested in hardtech.

1st Place Prize: $5,000 cash 

2nd Place Prize: $2,500 cash  

3rd Place Prize: $1,000 cash 

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

This pitch competition will occur online on Thursday, March 10th, between 4:00 pm. and 5:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. If you would like to be in the audience, register to attend as an audience member.

Pitch Competition Eligibility:

• At least one founder of your team must be female or a person of color
• The Climate Tech and/or Energy Tech Startup must be pre-series A
• Must be hardtech startup (with elements of physical product and software)
• Startup must be in the field of Climate Tech and/or Energy Technologies

Areas of Focus:

We are looking for breakthrough climate and energy startups working on hardtech and infrastructure solutions in the following areas:

  • Renewable Energy
  • Hydrogen
  • Carbon capture and Sequestration
  • Energy storage
  • Vehicle-to-grid
  • Heat sink technologies
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Sustainable buildings
  • The internet of energy

Judges Panel for the Pitch Competition:

Meena Beyers – VP of Business and Community Development, Nicor Gas, a Southern Company
Kelly Evans – VP Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Chicago Urban League
Utopia Hill – VP of Renewables Project Management and Construction, Invenergy
Leslie McKinney – Chicago Director, Black Women in Science & Engineering (BWISE)
Dylan O’Reilly – Senior Program Manager, Evergreen Climate Innovations
Desiree Vargas Wrigley – Chief Innovation Officer of P33 Chicago & Executive Director of TechRise


Previous Pitch Competition Winners

Last August, five finalists virtually pitched for cash prizes and industry connections in front of a group of eleven esteemed judges from all across the MedTech sector. After a paper round of judging and the pitch night itself, winners received cash awards and access to industry leaders. Meet those winners from the 2021 pitch competition.

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